School May Cause Mental Illness Issues for Students

Girl stressed out over schoolwork, and can’t seem to finish her work due to the amount of work given.

According to recent studies, schoolwork can have a significant impact on the mental health of students. Many students experience stress, anxiety, and depression due to the pressures and demands placed on them by their schoolwork.

“Sometimes the assignments are rough and the deadlines amplify that causing a sense of dread.” Max Ready said.

As reported by the CDC, in 2021, more than 4 in 10 (42 percent) of students felt persistently sad or hopeless and nearly one third (29 percent) experienced poor mental health.

Also, more than 1 in 5 (22 percent) of students seriously considered attempting suicide and 1 in 10 (10 percent) attempted suicide.

A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that high levels of academic pressure were associated with a higher risk of mental health problems among adolescents. The study surveyed more than 1,000 high school students and found that those who reported higher levels of academic pressure had higher rates of depression and anxiety.

Another study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence found that students who reported high-stress levels related to schoolwork had higher levels of depression and anxiety. The study also found that students who experienced stress related to schoolwork were more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug use and unprotected sex.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also had a significant impact on the mental health of students. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that school closures and remote learning during the pandemic were associated with increased rates of depression and anxiety among children and adolescents.

Schools and educators increasingly recognize the importance of addressing the mental health needs of students. Some schools have implemented programs to teach students coping strategies for managing stress and anxiety, while others have increased access to mental health services and resources.

“I wish schools would pay more attention to the students that they have in their sight. It is honestly hurtful that the teachers claim they care for their students, but in all honesty all they really care about is the grades the students produce.” Lainey Beech commented.

Schoolwork can have both positive and negative effects on a student’s motivation. On the one hand, schoolwork can provide students with a sense of purpose and achievement when they succeed in completing tasks and achieving good grades, and this can motivate students to continue to work hard and strive for success.

“The school does not feel like an environment that is supportive of my mental health needs.” Elijah Anzures said ” Changes I would like to see in the school narrative would be the increase in a general openness for those students who work, or have issues at home. I would also like to see the involvement of more administration in the mental health and situations of teachers in order to provide them with more resources.”

On the other hand, schoolwork can also negatively impact students’ motivation if they feel overwhelmed or uninterested in the subject. Students who need help to keep up with their schoolwork may become discouraged and lose reason, which can decrease their academic performance and engagement in school.

” I lose interest in assignments super fast, because sometimes I get so caught up in other assignments at once.” Lainey Beech said.

In addition, how school work is presented and evaluated can also impact a student’s motivation. For example, if students feel their work needs recognition or appreciation, they may become demotivated and disengaged. Conversely, if students feel like their work is being acknowledged and valued, they may be more motivated to continue to work hard and engage in the learning process.

“I’ve only gone to a teacher that is great at encouraging and talking sense. She is always encouraging those that she sees making an effort to do the best they can, and even when she realizes they lose their effort. She manages to spark up the inspiration again.” Max Ready said.

Overall, students, parents, and educators need to recognize the impact that school work can have on mental health and take steps to promote mental wellness and well-being. It may include reducing academic pressure, increasing student support and resources, and prioritizing mental health education and school awareness.